AlburyCity Short Story Award

Entries to the 2019 competition will open in May 2019. Subscribe to the WAM e-news to be advised of opening dates at that time.

Entrants in the 2018 competition explored the theme of refuge. Mark Smith selected the winner and runners up from the shortlist of fifteen stories below. Congratulations to the writers who made the shortlist! Our judges enjoyed reading many wonderful entries.

The winners are...

Congratulations to:

  • First place: Carmel Lillis for Love's T(ri)(str)angle
  • Highly Commended: Janeen Samuel for On the Edge
  • Highly Commended: Elisabeth Yarbakhsh for Apples
  • Commended: Nell Crawford for The Roadhouse
  • Commended: Susan Bennett for Xanax Country

Read their stories by clicking on the links below


  • The Shelter by Leland Buckle
  • Amalfi Triptych by Ian Stewart
  • Xanax Country by Susan Bennett
  • The Paintbox by Dean Briggs
  • Desert Flowers #4 by Jasraj Puri
  • On the Edge by Janeen Samuel
  • Love's T(ri)(str)angle by Carmel Lillis
  • The Roadhouse by Nell Crawford
  • The Head of a Donkey by Colleen Russell
  • Thread by Dorothea Pfaff
  • Cave by Jason Hemens
  • One Time My Sister by Melanie Napthine
  • Apples by Elisabeth Yarbakhsh
  • Refuge: No Refuge by Elisabeth Yarbakhsh
  • Fairmont by Bethany Cody